President Cyril Ramaphosa will embark on Thursday 04 August 2022 on a working visit to the Republic of Botswana to lead talks at the South Africa - Botswana High Level Business Roundtable.
The President will travel to Gaborone at the invitation of His Excellency Dr. Eric Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana.
The South Africa - Botswana High Level Business Roundtable takes place in the context of the fifth session of the South Africa - Botswana Binational Commission (BNC) which took place on April 22, 2022 in Tshwane.
The two neighboring countries celebrate this year 28 years of diplomatic and bilateral cooperation that covers trade and investment, energy, agriculture, tourism, youth and sports, infrastructure development, culture, mining, defense and security, immigration, conservation and environmental management, the transportation and information and communication technologies.
Preceded by the South Africa-Botswana Business Forum scheduled for August 3, 2022, which attracts government and business leaders from both countries, the business forum will identify, among others, a package of concrete actions to create an enabling environment to strengthen ties between companies; support the implementation of the regional value chains of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
During the two days of the South Africa-Botswana Business Forum, 22 South African companies from a wide range of sectors will be part of the trade exhibition for companies operating in both countries at the Gaborone International Convention Centre.
South Africa is Botswana's main source of imports, while Botswana ranked as South Africa's seventh largest export market.
South Africa's exports to Botswana were 64.4 billion rand in 2021, exports to Botswana grew by 2.53% or 13.4 billion rand in the last five years.
President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by the Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Naledi Pandor, and the Minister for Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel.
The media program for the High Level Business Roundtable South Africa – Botswana is as follows: Opening of the High Level Business Roundtable South Africa – Botswana Date: Thursday, August 04, 2022 Time: 09:00 – 10:00 Place: Downtown Gaborone Convention International, Botswana Closing of High-Level Business Roundtable and Media Briefing in South Africa: Botswana Date: Thursday, August 04, 2022 Time: 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Venue: Gaborone International Convention Center, Botswana
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Iyeneobong Essien, a 16-year old Nigerian girl, for finishing second at the Champion of Champions World Golf Championship Invitational in Northern Ireland.
In a statement by his Spokesperson, Mr Femi Adesina on Tuesday in Abuja, the president saluted the achievements of the youngster, who currently topped the junior player cadre in Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Essien has been cr
Transport Minister Mu’azu Sambo says appropriate technology would be installed before resuming train operations on Abuja- kaduna route.
He said during a familiarisation visit to the Idu and Kubwa train stations on Tuesday in Abuja, that there was the need to ensure necessary measures were taken to avoid reoccurrence of the March 28 train attack.
”First and foremost, it is very important to get those Nigerians that were kidnapped reunited with their families, otherwise it will be seen as if government is not sensitive.
”Whereas government is not only sensitive, but government is doing everything it can to make sure that those who have been affected by this unfortunate incident are reunited with their families.
”Secondly, you must put in place adequate security and infrastructure to protect and prevent all forms of threats that are possible and leave what you cannot do to God. According to him, everything humanly possible must be put in place to ensure that a recurrence of this nature is automatically eliminated forever; we thank God technology can make that possible.
”So we are trying to deploy the best technology available anywhere in the world.
That has served very well for us in other jurisdictions, which we believe can also serve us very well here in Nigeria,” he said.
The minister, however, said government was processing to acquire explosion sensors that would detect and eliminate threat on the track.
“ To save the lives of Nigerians is the priority of government, the best way to travel as far as I’m concerned, is by train.
” He assured that normal trains services would be restored on Abuja- Kaduna route soon.
On maintenance, Sambo said arrangements were being made to ensure the maintenance of existing facilities at the stations.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian Railway Corporation suspended the train operations on Abuja-Kaduna route after the terror attack on March 28.
The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) on Tuesday in Abuja said it has introduced a programme called “drug registered hitchhiking medicine supply”.
Prof. Mohammed Sambo, Director-General of NHIA, while briefing newsmen said the programme was to ensure the availability of drugs in the market and make them less expensive.
He said the National Health Bill which was assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari was a critical element of the nation’s development.
President Buhari had on May 21 signed the National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 into law, with the new legislation repealing the National Health Insurance Scheme Act 2004. The President had during the signing said the new law makes provisions for the setting up of a trust fund.
The trust fund is to ensure the coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who cannot afford to pay premium as recommended by the Lancet Nigeria Commission.
Sambo said the drug registered hitchhiking medicine supply condition will ensure the availability of drugs in the market.
“It will also ensure that all the drugs are permitted in health insurance company system to bring down the cost of drugs,’’ he said.
Sambo said the introduction of the branded drugs under the NHIA drug supply initiative would address the perception that drugs prescribed for enrollees by health care providers are cheap, ineffective drugs.
He said that the NHIA Act brought renewed prospects for the delivery of effective health insurance in Nigeria, fundamentally resetting the ecosystem.
According to him, with the Act, Nigerian health insurance has become mandatory.
He said the Act empowered the authority to see to it that all Nigerians and legal residents have health insurance.
“This is a complete departure from the previous law that made health insurance optional.
“The authority will co-exist with state systems and other stakeholders.
“The law provides that NHIA will promote, regulate and integrate through the ecosystem.
“It also provided for the establishment of vulnerable Group Fund and outlines sources of funding for it,’’ Sambo said.
According to him, the law imposes a telecoms tax as a source of funding.
“Currently, the most important work before us is the strategic implementation of the NHIA Act for the benefit of Nigerians,’’ he said.
The D-G said that the recent visits of a high-level mission from the World Health Organsation (WHO) were as a result of the Act. He said a team of health-financing experts came and assessed the country’s preparedness.
“At the end they were satisfied and pledged their support in relevant areas.
“The team will help the country in the area of capacity-building and technology,’’ the NHIA director-general said.
Sambo also said the NHIA was discussing with relevant authorities in finance to enable the authority achieve its objectives.
He disclosed that the authority was also doing advocacy so that people would understand the implications and benefits of health insurance.
Sambo then urged the media to assist with proper education and advocacy on health insurance.
The health ministry has launched a five-year priority reproductive health research and learning agenda as it moves to close the evidence gap during health policy development.
The agenda, developed through the Division of Reproductive and Maternal Health, seeks to guide the conduct of reproductive health research and improve the coordination of reproductive health research and programmatic activities.
Speaking at the launch of the document, the head of the ministry's Family Health department, Dr. Isaack Bashir, said the research agenda will reduce duplication and enable prudent utilization of available resources, as well as guide industry players.
to address existing gaps in reproductive health care.
“What are we not doing well in reproductive health?
Are the existing interventions the best ones to face the current challenges?” Dr. Bashir raised.
He said prioritizing research has proven particularly useful in helping to answer strategic and programmatic questions in health care, including sexual and reproductive health.
According to Maternal and Reproductive Health Division Chief Dr. Stephen Kaliti, research continues to fuel a nation's curiosity for answers to important issues.
He said reproductive health research capacity in the country is key to creating improvements in local implementation of reproductive health programs and can help prioritize reproductive health issues in a landscape of limited funding.
The National Reproductive Health Priority Research and Learning Agenda, 2022-2027 seeks to propose reproductive health research priorities derived from an exercise conducted in 2022 that brought together researchers, program managers, research oversight and accountability institutions, counties, partners and service implementing agencies around the world.
The papers aim to define priority reproductive health research and learning needs for Kenya through isolation of evidence gaps and guided generation of quality contextualized reproductive health information by all actors, enhancing efficient driving of reproductive health research in Kenya through deliberate coordination and accountability that encourages originality.
eliminate duplication and improve the prudent use of reproductive health resources in the country.
It also seeks to stimulate interest in local reproductive health research to generate a body of local evidence that is readily available and accessible to inform policies and program activities in the country.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 585,629 eligible residents completed their registrations at the end of the just-concluded Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in Lagos State.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Lagos state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje disclosed this in statement on Tuesday, after conclusion of the CVR in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that INEC CVR, which started on June 28, 2021 was initially billed to end on June 30 before it was extended to July 31. Agbaje, who appreciated the people of the state for turning out in large numbers to participate in the exercise, said the exercise had to end in order to allow INEC carry out other activities ahead of the 2023 general elections.
He said the CVR had to end to pave way for the commission to carry out other functions required by the Electoral Act 2022, regarding voter registration that would require time for such functions to be performed.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the commission is required to carry out display of the regrster of voters for claims and objections by members of the public, clean up the register to remove multiple registrants using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) and consolidate the data of existing voters and newly registered voters for the production of National register of Voters.
“The commission is required to produce Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for all fresh registrants and applicants for transfer as well as replacement of lost or damaged PVCs.” The INEC boss said the commission had to also give enough time for the collection of PVCs by their owners before the general elections in 2023. He added that INEC also needed time to make copies of updated register of voters available to political parties not later than 30 days to the general elections.
According to him, the commission has other activities that must be accomplished ahead of the general elections.
“We appreciate the cooperation of Lagos residents during the CVR and reiterate our determination to conduct very free, fair, credible and acceptable elections in 2023. “We also call for the citizens’ maximum cooperation and understanding as we forge ahead,” Agbaje said.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted thunderstorms and rains from Wednesday to Friday across the country.
NiMet’s weather outlook released on Tuesday in Abuja predicted thunderstorms over parts of Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto and Taraba states in the morning hours of Wednesday.
According to it, isolated thunderstorms are expected over parts of Jigawa, Bauchi, Adamawa, Sokoto, Zamfara, Gombe, Taraba, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Borno and Yobe later in the day.
”Cloudy skies are anticipated over the North central region with prospects of rains over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau and Niger in the morning hours.
”In the afternoon and evening hours, rains are anticipated over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau and Niger.
“Rains are envisaged over the Inland and Coastal cities of the South in the morning hours.
“In the afternoon and evening hours, rains are anticipated over parts of Enugu, Anambra, Ondo, Ekiti, Edo, Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Lagos and Cross river state,” NiMet stated.
The agency also forecast cloudy atmosphere over the Northern region on Thursday with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara.
NiMet anticipated isolated thunderstorms over parts of Borno, Kebbi, Kano, Adamawa, Kaduna, Taraba, Gombe, Sokoto and Bauchi later in the day.
“Cloudy morning is expected over the North central region with chances of rains over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Niger and Benue .
“In the afternoon and evening hours, rains are anticipated over parts of Kogi, Niger, Nasarawa, Benue, Plateau and the Federal Capital Territory.
“Rains are envisaged over the Inland and Coastal cities of the South in the day.
“Prospects of rains are expected over parts of Edo, Delta, Osun, Ondo, Ebonyi, Imo, Ogun, Ondo, Edo, Abia, Bayelsa, Delta, Lagos, Cross River, Rivers and Akwa Ibom during the afternoon and evening period,” the agency said.
The agency envisaged cloudy atmosphere over the Northern region on Friday with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Borno and Adamawa during the morning hours.
It predicted thunderstorms over parts of Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba and Jigawa later in the day.
“Cloudy morning is envisaged over the North central region with chances of rains over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Niger and Plateau .
“Later in the day, rains are expected over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Benue, Niger and Nasarawa .
“Rains are envisaged over the inland and coastal cities of the South in the morning hours.
“There are prospects of rains over parts of Edo, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti and the coastal belt during the afternoon and evening period,” it said.
According to NiMet, there are prospects of intermittent rains over the North and North central parts of the country which may give rise to floods, citizens living in the region are advised to take necessary precautions.
NiMet also advised emergency management agencies to be at alert.
“Temperatures are on the low threshold, the vulnerable group are advised to keep warm.
“Airline operators are advised to get updated weather reports from NiMet for effective planning in their operations,” the agency stated.
The Nzoia sugar factory is set to resume production next Sunday following President Uhuru Kenyatta's announcement of a Kshs 500 million bailout to offset arrears owed to farmers and workers.
The president, who made the announcement on Tuesday when visiting the factory located in Bungoma County, directed Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Peter Munya to ensure that the Kshs 450 million owed to farmers is credited to their bank accounts.
, while Kshs 50 million is paid to factory workers.
Friday of this week.
President Kenyatta emphasized that his administration has been working to empower sugarcane farmers, but some leaders charged with that responsibility sabotaged the government's efforts by paralyzing operations in the sugar sector.
He pointed out that despite allocating about Kshs 1.2 billion to the Nzoia Sugar Factory, the investment was nil because the funds were not used for their intended purposes.
“The managing director, Mr. Crispin Omondi, has promised that by Sunday the factory will start operations again,” said President Kenyatta.
At the same time, the president warned Kenyans not to fall into the trap of soft-spoken politicians who do not care about the country's interests.
“Some individuals are moving around promising to undertake projects and yet while they were in government they did nothing to improve the well-being of the people.
Beware of sweet talk leaders who say they will do a lot of things and yet when they had the chance they did nothing,” he warned.
President Kenyatta urged Kenyans to vote for Raila Odinga, the presidential candidate of Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya Alliance, saying that he has shown himself to be a genuine leader who cares about the interests of all citizens.
“Please try this old man who is humble and focused.
This job requires someone with the wisdom to manage the affairs of the country,” added President Kenyatta.
In affirmation, residents of the Kanduyi constituency assured the president of his support for Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya Alliance.
CS Munya said that already 900 farmers have received their payment and the remaining farmers will receive their payment on Friday.
Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa thanked President Kenyatta for providing good leadership and assured him that they will mobilize Bungoma residents to vote for the Azimio La Umoja-Alliance candidates.
One Kenya for the country to continue on its development path.
Member of Parliament for Kanduyi, who is also the chairman of the Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K), Wafula Wamunyinyi, said sugarcane farmers are grateful to President Kenyatta for rescuing the sector which is their main source of of sustenance
The Coalition of Civil Society (CSOs) in Plateau has called for stronger synergy and support of the state goverment to enable them to create the desired impacts in the state.
Mr. Shamaki Peter, the Leader of the Coalition, made the call at a meeting it organised in Tuesday in Jos.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting had the theme “Plateau State Dialogue on Civil Society Organisations Harmonisation Framework at Sub-National Level,”.
Peter, who is the Deputy Country Director of Equal Access International, said that the event was supported by EU.
, British Council and other international organisationsHe explained that the meeting aimed at providing a platform for CSOs and government agencies to interface on ways to make the state better.
”We are here basically here to creste the process of a dialogue between CSOs and the government and the essence is to create a relationship and stronger partnership that will yield positive result for us and the state.
”Aside from enhancing our relationship with goverment, this meeting is to also refresh our minds to the things we need to do as CSOs”So, this engagement is to create a platform where CSOs and government can meet to fashion out best ways of moving the state forward.
”We are not enemies of goverment, but partners in progress; we are complementing the efforts of government in many areas,” he said.
The leader called on goverment to regularise the registration of associations and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in the state, adding that such would enable them to access funds to carry out projects in the state.
Peter, however, advised his colleagues to be sincere and ensure they are doing what is expected of them.
”You cannot claim to be an NGO person yet you are carrying it only in your briefcases.
”You must ensure that you are working and your work should be seen and in this case, collaboration is very key,” he added.
NAN reports that the meeting had representatives of Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ministry of Women Affairs and the state House of Assembly.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says six person sustained various degrees of injury in a lone accident in Wuya village of Bida Local Government Area of Niger.
Mr Kumar Tsukwam, the state Sector Commander, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Tuesday that a commercial bus involved was loaded with 10 passengers.
Tsukwam said that the accident occurred on Monday at about 5.50 p.
m., explaining that the accident involved a bus marked SHA- 707 XH.
“Ten people were involved in the mishap, six people sustained injuries and four others unhurt.
“The injured person were taken to Federal Medical Centre, Bida, for treatment,” he said.
The sector commander blamed the accident on speeding and loss of control.
He advised motorists to exercise caution and adhere strictly to speed limits to avoid crashes.
The road safety boss said that the corps would continue to monitor road users to guard against dangerous driving.